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The Other Sister

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Overly sentimental movie is unlikely to interest teens.

Movie PG-13 1999 130 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

Good for older kids

The relationship aspects of this movie make it a great family movie for older kids, but I am a little worried about the subject of sex. If you aren't comfortable with the subject of sex becoming a topic of conversation, than avoid this movie. Other than that I think it is a great celebration of individuality and overcoming obstacles.

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Despite the vibrant performances of Juliette Lewis and Giovanni Ribisi and some touching scenes between the two, THE OTHER SISTER is predictable, sentimental, and very heavy-handed. Subtlety and nuance are nowhere to be found in Garry Marshall's direction, particularly notable in the performances of Diane Keaton and Tom Skerritt as Carla's father. Characters change positions in a flash and learn lessons instantaneously. What might have been grace notes (Daniel's love of marching bands and Carla's connection with animals) are instead hammered home at every opportunity. The only virtue is a skin-deep message about accepting differences and treating even "special" people with dignity.

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